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Creating a Successful Academic Spin-Out – View Webinar Recording

March 2, 2021

MEDIA ALERT – March 3, 2021

Medtech academics and entrepreneurs invited to  view recording of  February 26. 2021 virtual event on creating start-ups from university research projects

– Audience rating: 9/10! “Honestly, I am very impressed with the caliber of guests and topics covered today. Keep up the good work.”-


Creating a Successful Academic Spin-Out

Medical Device Playbook Webinar

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Bill Walker, PhD, Director of Engineering Entrepreneurship Duke University; Lori Arakaki, PhD, Co-founder and CEO, Opticyte; and Dr. Magdy Younes, Co-founder, Cerebra Health,  cover subjects including:

  • Behaviors and decisions that seem to be almost universally fatal for Academic Spin-Outs
  • How do I know if I have a good idea?  Should I leave my day job?  How can I find a “good” CEO to run my venture?
  • Raising capital, grant strategies, managing relationship with university.

These presenters offer unique insights from multiple, successful medical device research spin-outs.


Bill Walker, PhD, Director of Engineering Entrepreneurship Duke University – Bill Walker is an inventor, serial entrepreneur, and educator. He has repeatedly invented solutions to unmet clinical needs and built companies to deliver those solutions. PocketSonics, acquired in 2014, developed the Sonic WindowTM, a compact, low-cost imaging platform to guide peripheral vascular access. HemoSonics, acquired in 2017, developed a comprehensive point of care in vitro diagnostic to determine the cause of critical bleeding and enable rapid, directed treatment.

Over a 12-year period as a professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia, Bill built a world-class ultrasound research lab and co-created UVA’s undergraduate major in Biomedical Engineering.

Lori Arakaki, PhD, Co-founder and CEO, Opticyte – Lori co-founded Opticyte based on her ground-breaking PhD work on the core technology that makes the company unique and valuable. As CEO, she has successfully raised capital and secured substantial non-dilutive government grants.

Lori has been a researcher at the University of Washington for over 20 years. Her research has focused on developing multivariate spectral analysis techniques to noninvasively measure concentrations of components from biological optical spectra.

Dr. Magdy Younes, Co-founder, Cerebra Health –  Born in Egypt 1939, Dr. Younes obtained his medical degree from Alexandria University. He immigrated to Canada in 1964 and obtained his clinical training in internal medicine and respiratory medicine, followed by a PhD in respiratory physiology, all at McGill University. He held academic appointments in the departments of Medicine at McGill, University of Texas, and University of Manitoba where he was Head of Respiratory Medicine and Director of the sleep laboratory. Among his inventions are the Winnipeg Ventilator, PAV, and the odds-ratio-product (ORP), an accurate measure of sleep depth.


Scott Phillips – CEO and Founder of Medical Device Playbook events and StarFish Medical – Scott is a Chair of the LifeSciences British Columbia board, Fellow of The Canadian Academy of Engineering, winner of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2017 Pacific Awards Technology category, 2017 recipient of the VIATEC Technology Champion award, and volunteers with Junior Achievement, Entrepreneurs Organization, and University of British Columbia.


Since 2015, seasoned serial medtech entrepreneurs and experts have been sharing successes, failures and insights with 2000+ medical device colleagues at our live Medical Device Playbook events. Their stories have a common thread; they are educational, amazing and inspiring.

Medical Device Playbook events in Toronto and Vancouver are presently virtual due to COVID-19. Free webinar events in the MD Playbook series feature a different master class in medical device commercialization each month.

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StarFish has been hosting live virtual Medical Device Playbook events since July 2020. Monthly webinars are bringing together successful medtech entrepreneurs and experts to share learnings from their wins, failures and insights with more than 2,000 medical device professionals to date.


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